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Bristol Dirt Nationals

Bristol Motor Speedway is getting “dirty” for the spring race weekend for the second consecutive year.

The Last Great Colosseum is currently being transformed into the country’s most popular dirt race in preparation for the Food City Dirt Race, set to take place on Easter Sunday evening, April 17.

The BMS team began work on the iconic half-mile in early January, placing sawdust on the concrete surface first, then putting layers of dirt down. More dirt will be added over the coming weeks before it’s finally ready to welcome NASCAR’s finest back to one of the sport’s most popular venues.

While the track will again feature 19-degree banking in the turns and a 50-foot wide racing surface, the biggest difference this year is that it shifts from a day race to running under the lights. The race also takes place three weeks later this year than in 2021.

Last year, Joey Logano crossed the finish line first to grab the honor of being the Cup Series’ first modern-era dirt race winner. He will be one of the favorites in April, along with defending Cup Series champion Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., who loves dirt racing.

This race marks a big anniversary for Food City, which will be celebrating its 30th year as the sponsor of the spring event. The sponsorship is one of the longest in NASCAR history. The Food City Dirt Race, which features NASCAR’s new Next Gen car in its first official race on dirt, will go green at 7 p.m. on FOX and will also be broadcast on PRN Radio.

To purchase tickets for the spring NASCAR weekend, please visit the BMS website.

Before the NASCAR dirt weekend at BMS, the track will host the second annual Karl Kustoms Bristol Dirt Nationals, March 20-April 2. The event will feature Super Late Models, Sport Mods, Stock Cars, Modifieds, and Hobby Stocks the first week, and then Super Late Models, Open Modifieds, Street Stocks, Hornets, and Factory Stocks the second week. For more information on the Karl Kustoms Bristol Dirt Nationals, please visit

After the NASCAR weekend, the World of Outlaws will return to Thunder Valley for the April 28-30 Bristol Bash, when both the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Cars and the World of Outlaws Late Models will be in action. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the BMS website